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Geoff Wilson - Partner

Geoff Wilson Geoff is Accredited Family Law Specialist and has practiced in family law for almost three decades.

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 Geoff co-manages HopgoodGanim Lawyers' Family Law practice, one of the largest in Australia. He is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist and has practiced in family law for almost three decades. His specialisation includes relationship agreements, representation of third parties, trusts and property disputes.

Geoff is a fellow member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly IAMLI). Geoff is a past parliamentarian of the IAFL and is the chair of the International Dispute Resolution committee of the IAFL.

Geoff authored the Australian chapter of the leading international text, International Pre-Nuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements by London based publisher Jordans in 2012.

Geoff was a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology from 1993-2005. He regularly presents at international and local industry conferences on topics as diverse as arbitration and mediation, trusts, superannuation, relationship agreements, estate planning and family law, corporate structures, de facto relationships, drafting and evidence. He has prepared over 100 papers on family law topics throughout his career and has been a contributing author to the CCH loose-leaf ServicesAustralian Family Law and PracticeAustralian De Facto Relationships Law, and Matrimonial Property Guide and to the Oueensland Law Handbook.

He is the legal advisor to the Australian website www.pre­nuptialagreements.com.au.

Geoff holds qualifications in Laws (Hons) and Commerce from the University of Queensland. He is also admitted to appear in the High Court of Australia.


Awards & Accolades

Corporate LiveWire - Global Awards 2017

  • Family Lawyer of the Year 

Doyle's Guide to the Legal Profession

In 2017, Geoff was the only Queensland based practitioner named pre-eminent in Doyle's Guide to Leading Australian Family Lawyers list, placing him amongst the top 7 family lawyers in Australia.

  • Leading Australian Family Lawyers - 2015 & 2017 (Pre-eminent)
  • Leading Australian Family Lawyers - 2016 (Leading)
  • Leading Australian Family Lawyers - 2012 (Market Leader)
  • Leading Queensland Family Lawyers - 2012 - 2017

Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in Australia - 7th - 10th Editions (Family Law) 
  • Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" Brisbane - 2018

Lawyers Weekly

  • Partner of the Year Awards  - Family Law - 2017 (Finalist) 

Global Law Experts

  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements Lawyer of the Year in Australia - 2015

 


 

Areas of Practice

  • Advising the wife in a case and as a result of the Court finding non disclosure by the husband, the Court made orders for property settlement beyond the known available property for the parties. This is a leading authority of the Full Court of the Family Court concerning non disclosure in financial proceedings. 
  • Advising the wife in a case who successfully appealed and set aside consent property orders in circumstances where the husband failed to disclose to the wife at the time they settled that he had an offer for a property which ultimately sold for a substantially higher price than it was valued. This is a leading authority of the Full Court of the Family Court concerning setting aside a consent order on grounds of a party’s suppression of evidence. 
  • Advising the husband in a case who was successful in his appeal to the Full Court against the trial judge’s property settlement orders, particularly the trial judge’s lack of findings in relation to our client’s greater contributions. 
  • Advising the husband in a unique case where he was seeking a property settlement from his wife, despite the fact that their marriage was intact (albeit in a distressed state).  The wife challenged the application and sought to have it summarily dismissed on the ground that the court should not exercise its discretion to make an order.  The trial judge held our client was entitled to bring his application and dismissed the wife’s application.
  • Advising a high profile businessman who applied for a property settlement after he was discharged from bankruptcy.  The wife unsuccessfully applied to the Family Court to dismiss the application on grounds that our client’s right to bring a property settlement application had vested in his trustee in bankruptcy and therefore our client had no right to apply for a property settlement. 
  • Advising on the prenuptial agreement of an entrepreneur in the construction and engineering sector, worth in excess of $700 million.
  •  Advising on the cohabitation agreements for the sons of a prominent industrial/manufacturing family in Queensland, worth $378 million.
  • Advising on the cohabitation agreement for an entrepreneur in the hotel, manufacturing and mining industries, worth in excess of $51 million.
  • Advising on the cohabitation agreements and prenuptial agreement of a prominent entrepreneur in the building industry, worth in excess of $49 million.
  • Advising on the prenuptial agreement of an internet entrepreneur, worth in excess of $42 million, and on the prenuptial agreement of his wealthy daughter.

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